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Welcome to our Vagabond World

 

We’re back in Britain trading with our shop on wheels, Vagabond Van and launching our new project, Band4Hope. Here’s a snap shot of Vagabond Van life.

 

Screen shot of VagabondVan.com Website

W E L C O M E  * T O * O U R * V A G A B O N D * W O R L D.

{Life’s beautiful here… www.vagabondvan.com}

 

Lachlan McWilliam and Lucie Galt outside Vagabond Van at the Secret Garden Party 2011

T HE * V A G A B O N D * A D V E N T U R E S

{We’re always on the look out for craftspeople who we can develop products with to sell through our shop, Vagabond Van. Through ongoing trade, we hope that we can help the wonderful people we meet along the way and share their talent with you.}

 

Vagabond Van 1952 Airstream at The Secret Garden Party 2011

V A G A B O N D * V A N. The Secret Garden Party 2011.

{…it’s a bohemian princess shop on wheels!}

 

Vagabond Van 1952 Airstream at The Secret Garden Party 2011

 

Inside the Vagabond Van 1952 Airstream

S E T T I N G * U P. Inside Vagabond Van, our 1952 Flying Cloud Airstream.

 

Entrance to the Vagabond Van 1952 Airstream

 

Vagabond Van Girls

O N E * O F * A * K I N D clothes and accessories as individual as you are.

 

Vagabond Van Girls

T R A V E L * L I G H T * F O R * A * M O R E * C O M F O R T A B L E * J O U R N E Y.

 

Vagabond Van Girls

U N I Q U E * S T O R Y.

{Materials used are ingeniously recycled, adding to the unique story which each piece has to tell and minimising its effect on the environment.}

 

Vagabond Van Girls

S U S T A I N A B L E * F A S H I O N from Africa.

{…people are beginning to question where their clothes are made are starting to realise the true human and environmental costs involved.}

 

Vagabond Van Girl

M A D E * B Y * H A N D creating as many jobs as possible, helping to keep communities self sufficient and restoring hope.

 

Vagabond Van Girls

 

Vagabond Van Girls

 

Singer sewing machine at farm in Harare, Zimbabwe

C R A F T I N G * 4 * V A G A B O N D * V A N.

{While the women worked deftly, the piles of candy beads grew and the radio spluttered soft African beats.}

 

Baby on back making jewellery at farm in Harare, Zimbabwe

R E C Y C L E D * J E W E L S of Harare, Zimbabwe.

{Baby Future snoozed contentedly on her beading mother’s back.}

 

Recycled jewellery made from paper and bottle caps

H A N D C R A F T E D by recycling old magazines and bottle caps, now available to buy at VagabondVan.com.

{It’s a great way for farm workers’ wives and sisters to help support themselves and their families. They come when they wish and can bring their children too.}

 

Joseph holding a cow horn that he makes earrings from, Zimbabwe.

H O R N * A N D * B O N E * A D O R N M E N T

{Although horn and bone is traditionally used in African adornment, Joseph has modernised the process by inventing an amazing electricity driven cutting and buffing machine which gives his creations their fabulous polished finish.}

 

Tribal hoop earrings made from cow horn by Joseph in Zimbabwe

H O R N * A N D * B O N E * E A R R I N G S. Made by Joseph in Zimbabwe. Now available to buy at VagabondVan.com.

 

Vagabond Van girls wearing tribal hoop earrings made from cow horn by Joseph in Zimbabwe

T R I B A L * H O O P S * A N D * S P I K E S. Now available to buy at VagabondVan.com.

 

Small Mielie Bag with Leather Handles Vagabond Van

M I E L I E * B A G S. Made from waste t-shirt fabric.

{…we sat under a tree and watched as they gossiped in clicks and completed their Mielie bags.}

 

Chip Bags in the sky

C H I P * B A G S. Hand woven with reeds and reclaimed plastic by Penane in Maun, Botswana.

 

Chip Bags at Kalk Bay

C H I P * B A G S.

{…we spied an incongruously space-age looking hand bag, twinkling on its owner’s arm in Maun, Botswana. Like magpies we pursued the bag and discovered that its owner, with babe balanced on hip, was called Penane and that she had woven the bag herself! We visited her well swept, solar panelled home across the way and with chicks twittering around our feet, Penane’s children proudly showed us their mother’s handiwork.}

 

Tiny charm necklaces from South Africa

H A N D M A D E * C H A R M S in silver and gold.

{Charms are bringers of good fortune. Wear your charm to attract love, luck and abundance each day.}

 

Manufacturing Band4Hopes in Harare, Zimbabwe

B A N D 4 H O P E * M A N U F A C T U R E. Great skill and care goes in to the handcrafting of each band.

 

A Band4Hope band inspired by Himba Tribe geometric designs shown

B A N D 4 H O P E. Copper and zinc band, ethically handcrafted in Africa.

{… inspired by the carved geometric cuffs of the Himba people we met in Namibia. Traditionally these cuffs have been carved from bone but often today they are made using plastic piping.}

 

The Himba tribe in Kaokoland, Namibia

D E S I G N * I N S P I R A T I O N. Himba tribe, Namibia.

 

A Band4Hope band. Hope is contagious, pass it on.

B A N D 4 H O P E. Each band has a unique ID engraved on the inside that links it to a HopeTrail, connecting all of its owners.

 

The Band4Hope Project at the Secret Garden Party. Join, Wear, Gi

The Band4Hope Project – Launching very soon! Sign up at Band4Hope.com and get your early invite.

 

Wearing Band4Hope bands #4Hope

[hope + action] x crowd = a movement 4 positive social change

 

Hamish planting a Band4Hope wing sticker in Rome, Italy. Hope is

Hope is contagious… [pass it on]

 

Vagabond Van girl

H A N D * E M B R O I D E R E D * T – S H I R T S.

 

Vagabond Van girl

O N E * O F F * D R E S S E S made from recycled fabrics.

 

Vagabond Van girl

T R I B A L * P R I N T S.

 

Belts Cummerbunds Category Vagabond Van

E C L E C T I C * A N D * C O L O U R FU L.

{…infused with African sunshine and the creative spirit of this vibrant continent.}

 

Vagabond Van girl

 

Vagabond Van girl

 

Vagabond Van girl

A * S T I T C H * I N * T I M E * S A V E S * N I N E.

{…we hope that one day sustainable fashion will become the norm.}

 

Vagabond Van girl wearing Apolonia dress outside the Vagabond Va

V A G A B O N D * V A N. The Secret Garden Party 2011.

 

The Band4Hope HopeTree at the Secret Garden Party 2011. I hope t

T H E * B A N D 4 H O P E * T R E E. The Secret Garden Party 2011.

 

The HopeTree at the Secret Garden Party 2011

P L A N T I N G * H O P E S. The Secret Garden Party 2011.

 

I hope that in my lifetime... H U M A N S C R E A T E M O R E

I hope that in my lifetime… H U M A N S * C R E A T E * M O R E * T H A N * T H E Y * C O N S U M E

 

The Band4Hope Project - Hope is contagious... [pass it on]

 

Hope is contagious… [pass it on]

 

How the project works. Buy a Band4Hope, Wear it, Give it to someone and Follow it's journey online

 

 

J O I N  >  W E A R  >  G I V E  >  F O L L O W  >

The project aims to band people, hopes and actions together, while raising funds and awareness for charity through the continual passing on of Band4Hopes and the recording of their journeys online in a HopeTrail.

[hope + action] x crowd = a movement 4 positive social change

Travelling, traceable Band4Hopes, raising money for charity as they’re passed from person to person around the world...

 

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